Thu 26/11/2020

Namibia condemns Moroccan military offense in Sahrawi Republic, calls for upholding ceasefire

1 week ago at 18/Nov/2020 38

International relations minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah has condemned the Moroccan military offense in the Sahrawi Republic, calling on the United Nations to intervene, after the Polisario Front declared the end of commitment to the ceasefire with Morocco, following the Moroccan assault on Sahrawi peaceful protesters in the Guerguerat region.

In a brief interview with Namibian newspaper New Era, Nandi-Ndaitwah urged UN secretary general António Guterres to do his utmost best in order to restore the collapsed three-decade ceasefire in Western Sahara.

Nandi-Ndaitwah also called on Guterres to speed up the implementation of the UN and Organisation of African Union (OAU) Settlement Plan, accepted by both parties and approved by the Security Council in 1990 and 1991 to implement the mandate of the United Nations Mission for the referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO).

“What we are saying as Namibia is that we still believe that there is room for negotiations. We still believe that it is important for the Security Council resolution on Western Sahara with particular reference to the referendum to be implemented,” said Nandi-Ndaitwah.

She further encouraged the parties to the conflict, the Polisario Front and Morocco, to engage again in negotiations in order to accelerate a peaceful solution in compliance with international laws and respect for borders.

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